Dragonflyer #75 – November 2018

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A Message from our President

Bruce Stewart, NTMN President, provides a first-hand account of the 2018 Annual State Conference. In addition to several great observations, he details the impact the NTMN chapter has had on other chapters, from our project entries to our presentations.

Some exciting news is headed our chapter’s – and our region’s – way. Read Bruce’s article for more!

Just some of the NTMN awards won at the 2018 Annual State Conference in Georgetown, TX.

The December Member Meeting is Only A Few Days Away

On December 5, 2018, we’ll be having our end of year celebration during our December monthly meeting time. Once again Texas Discovery Gardens will be hosting us, and our agenda is full of the usual fun. TDG opens at 5 pm, dinner is provided, and the event should conclude by 8:30 pm. Free for members, and $15 for guests (please pay at the door).

Among other Master Naturalist things, we will welcome new members and you can also pick up your certification pins. If you want to pay your 2019 membership dues ($30), you can also do that at the door in cash or check, or, you can pay by credit card via PayPal.

See you soon!

Please note: The date to RSVP has passed. 

2019 Spring Class Application Deadline – TOMORROW

Spread the word. The North Texas Chapter is accepting applications for the Class of 2019 through Friday, November 30, 2018. If you know someone who is passionate about the natural world and is ready to volunteer for nature, please let them know about the class.

With thirteen sessions covering local ecosystems, and the flora, fauna, weather and geology of North Texas, the class begins on February 5, 2019 and concludes on April 30, 2019. In addition to Tuesday evening in the classroom, three weekend field trips will cover aquatic, forest, and prairie ecosystems.

Master Naturalist certification requirements include completing classroom and field trip requirements, volunteering 40 hours at approved nature-related projects and attending 8 hours of approved advanced training.

The application is available on ntmn.org. Follow the “How to Join” link on the right-hand side of the screen under the “Want to Be a Naturalist?” heading.

Click here to see some photos from our 2018 Spring Class photo album.

NTMNs Out and About

Native Plant Rescue at Becks Prairie
Our first plant rescue at Becks was a success!

Click here for the Becks Prairie Plant Rescue photo album.

NTMNs working at Becks Prairie.

Volunteer Projects At a Glance

The Fall 2018 Big Chapter Project
North Texas Master Naturalists joined efforts to successfully complete a wonderful project at Harry S. Moss park in Dallas.

Click here for the Fall 2018 Big Chapter Project photo album.

Junior Master Naturalist Program
The Junior Master Naturalist Program is growing! NTMNs and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science launched the program in September 2015, and it has quadrupled in size!

Related: Click here for the 2018 Coppell Junior Master Naturalist photo album.

Fall Class Happenings

Our Fall Class Represents Us Well
One of the goals of the class was to reverse the decreasing volunteer hours in our southern Dallas county projects. In 12 weeks, our fall class has stepped up in multiple ways and they’re not done yet.

Click here for the Fall Class photo album.


3rd Quarter Volunteer Award
Carolyn Rozier: A Truly Multifaceted Award Winner

4th Quarter Volunteer Award
Carroll Mayhew: Documenting Our Chapter’s History

Member Spotlight: Dorothy Buechel
Jennifer Weisensel is passing The Dragonflyer torch to 2018 Class Member Dorothy Buechel. Jennifer asks some questions of Dorothy to help you get to know her better.

Dorothy Buechel and her father, Ted Bauman. Both are NTMNs from the class of 2018.

The Media Room

The below photo albums are submitted by our phenomenal NTMN photo committee and project leaders:

Annual Meeting in October 2018
Open House on November 13, 2018

Now Calling All NTMN Videographers!
Do you want to volunteer behind the video camera? In 2019, we’re looking to boost our video committee. Email us at videos@ntmn.org and let us know how you want to get involved!


HELP WANTED – Amphibian Watch
This is a fun and important Citizen Science project and the current project lead, Barbara Turner, would like to find another Master Naturalist to take on the lead role. Is it YOU?

2018 NTMN Member Survey
It’s been 4 years since we’ve completed a general membership survey and your opinion matters! Please take a moment to fill out this important survey.

2019 Election Results
Meet your new 2019 Officers and Directors!

A Note From Our Editor
Looking ahead to more chapter video content in 2019.

General NTMN Information

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm and are always open to the public. Check ntmn.org for speaker announcements and location.

Officers and Committee Listing

Our Mission

To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural wild areas within their communities within the state of Texas.

NTMN Member Spotlight

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By Jennifer Weisensel

Meet Your Next Dragonflyer Newsletter Editor: Dorothy Buechel

Quick Facts:

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

NTMN Class: 2018

Fun Fact about yourself: I took the TMN training class with my father, Ted Bauman. He always finished the homework before I did.

Jennifer: How did you hear about the TMN program/NTMN chapter?

Dorothy: I first encountered NTMN at Native Plants and Prairie Day at White Rock Lake several years ago.

Jennifer: What made you want to become an NTMN member?

Dorothy: I love to be outside and was curious to learn more about nature and how to help local ecosystems thrive. I’m especially interested in butterflies and other pollinators. I love having a community of like-minded nature lovers to share my passion with.

Jennifer: What projects have you already gotten involved with as a NTMN member?

Dorothy: I volunteer in the greenhouse at Texas Discovery Gardens once a week and have loved learning about the plants that thrive here and how to propagate them.

Jennifer: What made you decide to volunteer to be the Newsletter Editor? What goals do you have for it?

Dorothy: Bruce called and asked if I’d do it, and I’m not that great at coming up with reasons not to do things, so I figured why not give it a try. I have experience with the software since I do a newsletter for Friends of Northaven Trail so it seemed like something that would be a good fit for me and would benefit the chapter. I’m looking forward to getting to know the people who contribute so much to the newsletter.

Jennifer: What do you think is the biggest impact the TMN program provides to the community?

Dorothy: TMN helps people learn about what is going on in their cities and why it is important to be friends of nature and wildlife. I believe it was Dan Northcut who made a comment that really struck me during one of our classes this spring. Paraphrasing what he said: “When you’re driving miles across Texas and you say there’s nothing out the window, it’s only nothing until you learn what it is: native grasses, wildflowers, habitat, and ecosystem that is important to a great deal of our native flora and fauna.” So if we can help make this “nothing” into “something” it seems people will appreciate it, care about it and hopefully take care of it a whole lot more.


Jim’s This & That: November 2018

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: November 2018 Autumn makes a double demand. It asks that we prepare for the future — that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go — to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness. (Bonaro W. Overstreet, 1903 – 1985) We have within us the wonders we seek around us. (Sir Thomas Browne, with thanks to Kip K. for sharing) Take a look inside for… 1. Links to community calendars… and including … 2…. Read More →

November Chapter Meeting – (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Snakes

Meeting will be: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Episcopal School of Dallas

The purpose of this talk will be to provide attendees with practical knowledge regarding snake identification and behavior.  The emphasis will be on local snakes, although indigenous and exotic species will both be available to handle and examine closely.  In addition to covering snake basics, there will be an effort to “de-mythtify” snakes, doing away with many common misconceptions.

K.C. Rudy
President, Wildlife on the Move, Inc.
Former Education Director, River Legacy Foundation, Living Science Nature Center, Arlington, Texas
Vertebrate Collections Manager, UT-Arlington
Education Coordinator, Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo-Dallas Zoo
Regional Education Director, Audubon Society
President of the N. Texas Herpetological Society
Member, N. Texas Poison Center Board of Consultants

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for November is:
The Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Rd.
Dallas, TX 75229

Parking is on the campus through the main gate or along Merrell.  There will be other NTMNs to direct you to the meeting space.

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.